A four-point system is used, and the grade point average is calculated on the semester hours attempted. Incompletes and WF (Withdrew Failing) will have the same effect as an F (Failure) on the student’s GPA.
Good Academic Standing
The following is the minimum cumulative grade point average which must be earned by any student to retain the status of Good Academic Standing, which makes the student Activities Eligible.
- First-semester students: 1.70 GPA (C-)
- Students who have completed at least one semester: 2.00 GPA (C)
Scholastic Graduation Honors
Candidates for four-year degrees are honored upon graduation for scholastic achievement based on all credits recorded on their Maranatha transcript. Honors are awarded as follows: cum laude, 3.50- 3.749; magna cum laude, 3.75-3.909; summa cum laude, 3.91-4.00.
Students who complete at least 12 credits and earn an A- or above in every course during the semester, with no incompletes or overcuts, are honored by being placed on the President’s List.
Academic Dean’s List
Students who complete at least 12 credits and attain a 3.0 average or higher during a semester, with no C’s, D’s, F’s, incompletes, or overcuts are recognized by being placed on the Academic Dean’s List.
Students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities must be activities eligible and enrolled in at least 12 semester hours. Extracurricular activities include participating in any Gospel team or Christian service, traveling with music groups (including the choirs or bands), holding an office in any student organization, and participating in athletics or drama. Athletes must be seeking a four-year degree per NCCAA regulations.
Part-time students may participate in Christian service and drama if they are activities eligible. Students who are in the final semester of their academic programs and need fewer than 12 semester hours to graduate will be treated as full-time students for activities eligibility purposes.
Students who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours of credit must earn a cumulative grade point average of 1.70 or higher at the end of each semester in order to be activities eligible for the following semester. All other students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher at the end of each semester in order to be activities eligible for the next semester. Incompletes and WF (Withdrew Failing) will have the same effect as an F (Failure) on the student’s grade point average. Grades for all courses found on your Maranatha transcript will affect your activities eligibility. For transfer students, this will begin after the first semester at Maranatha.
Study is your primary responsibility while you are in college. Preparation for lifelong ministry involves the rigorous work of developing and sustaining vital study habits. Active involvement in Christian service enables you to apply the principles you have learned in the classroom in outreach ministries. In order to promote the understanding, accurate interpretation, and application of biblical truth, diligent study must be a priority.
Activities Ineligibility Restrictions
The following restrictions apply to activities ineligible students:
- Placed on One Cut Attendance Status, which permits only one unexcused absence per course for the semester. No ministry cuts are permitted.
- May participate in only one Christian service or society ministry per week, but not both. Christian service must be on Sunday or Wednesday only. If society participation is chosen, the event must take place only on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday.
- May not hold any office in any student organization. Officers of student groups must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and must earn a 2.0 grade point average for the most recent semester.
- May not enroll in distance education courses.
- Will be allowed a limited number of off-campus passes only by administrative approval.
- May not attend away University or Academy athletic contests.
- May not participate in or attend practices for extracurricular events such as bands, choirs, traveling groups, plays, concerts, contests, sports events, recitals of other students, or any on-campus individual or group performances.
- May participate in intramural sports only once per week.
Note: Athletic eligibility may also be affected by various athletic conference policies. Each athlete should check with the Athletic Director to determine criteria for each particular sport. The activities eligibility record is maintained in the Registrar’s Office. A transfer student’s prior work must meet Maranatha’s standards of eligibility for the first semester enrolled at Maranatha.
Any appeals for exceptions to this policy because of extenuating circumstances should be submitted in writing to the Academic Committee through the Registrar or the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Academically at Risk Classifications
Students whose cumulative GPA is adequate but whose semester grade point average falls below the standard for Good Academic Standing will be placed on Academic Alert. These students will be contacted by their academic advisor at the beginning of the semester in which they were placed on Academic Alert to provide guidance and accountability.
A student who earns a cumulative grade point average below Good Academic Support is placed on Academic Warning for one semester. This is to help the student evaluate his or her position and take corrective action to improve his or her academic status. These students are strongly encouraged to work with a tutor (see Learning Assistance) during that semester. Any student on Academic Warning will be limited to an academic load of 12 to 14 semester hours. Academic Warning includes automatic activities ineligibility as defined above.
A student who has been placed on Academic Warning for one semester and during that semester continues to earn a cumulative grade point average below Good Academic Standing will be placed on Academic Probation for one semester. A student who fails every course in which he or she is enrolled for one semester will also be placed on Academic Probation for one semester. These students are strongly encouraged to work with a tutor (see Learning Assistance) during the semester. Any student on Academic Probation will be limited to 12 semester hours. Academic Probation includes automatic activities ineligibility for the entire semester.
A student who has been placed on Academic Probation for one semester and during that semester continues to earn a cumulative grade point average below Good Academic Standing will be placed on Academic Suspension by the Academic Committee. If a full-time student (enrolled in 12 or more semester hours) fails to complete 10 or more semester hours toward graduation in any two semesters, that student will be placed on Academic Suspension for one semester. The student will not be allowed to enroll for one semester but may reapply to the University through the Admissions Office after that semester. If the student is readmitted, he or she will be placed on Academic Probation for one semester. The suspension period is to provide a time away from college for students to analyze their academic problems, examine their goals, and determine appropriate action.
A student who has been placed on Academic Suspension and then has been readmitted on Academic Probation and continues to earn a cumulative grade point average below the academic standard will be subject to academic dismissal by the Academic Committee. A student who has been academically dismissed may not re-enroll in the University as a degree candidate. He or she may, however, be allowed to enroll in some courses as a special student with the approval of the Academic Committee.
Any appeals for exceptions to the policy for academically at-risk students because of extenuating circumstances should be submitted in writing to the Academic Committee through the Registrar or the Vice President for Academic Affairs.